Engaging a child playfully with literacy involves looking for purposeful ways to introduce aspects of literacy into their play. Like making bags of pet food to sell in a pet store.
Start by thinking about what your child enjoys playing and then consider possible literacy ideas or props that might act to enhance their play. Here are a few ideas to get you started…
- Any form of transport play: making tickets or adding travel/road maps.
- Shops: make open/closed signs, labels/signs for sale items and provide tools for ‘writing’ shopping lists.
- Pirate play: create treasure map, ‘Wanted’ posters or a Captain’s log.
- Block play: see suggestions in this previous Literacy Spot post.
- Dancing, theatrical shows or movies: make tickets or event programmes.
- Doctor or veterinary surgery: add a pretend appointment book and script pad.
- Hair salon: add an appointment book or make a style guide using pictures cut from magazines.
- Fairies, witches, wizards: provide tools for ‘writing’ recipes for magic spells.
Is there a fun and playful way that you could add literacy to your child’s play today?